WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF
RICK RUTHERFORD’S COUNTRY
Rick Rutherford’s Country - The Australian Country Collections Shoppe
is located in ‘Badger House’, 3 Badgery Crescent, Lawson
in the heart of the beautiful NSW Blue Mountains.
(From Sydney, turn right at the San Jose Avenue bridge lights, just BEFORE the Lawson township. Look out for the directional sign on the left, just before the skate park)
We’re Back, Baby!
After three weeks to revive and restore, we’re back and flat out unpacking all the new stock, creating new displays, and busy ‘plotting and scheming’ for the year ahead. It’s going to be a year of major change … the old ways of doing business are about to give way to a fresh new approach that will be like nothing we’ve done before … so watch this space. And make sure to drop in and check out all the new treasures streaming in daily. Come for a cuppa in Nessie’s Daffodil Tearoom and enjoy a unique experience in this truly unique heritage destination!
HIGH TEA DELIGHTS!
After the enormous success of our Mother’s Day High Tea promotion this year
we’ve decided to put our energies into our strengths!
With so many comments on the unique experience it is to partake of High Tea within the midst of our romantic Victorian Room, cosy Folk Room, colourful Retro Room, delightful Cottage Room and all-year-round Christmas Room, we have decided to make it a permanent thing!
We’ve created three different High Tea scenarios … All Sweet 3-tier Platter; Sweet and Sandwiches; and Sweet and Savoury (which includes mini quiches, sandwiches and savoury ‘soldiers’) and have costed it all at just $35 a head which includes a
choice of tea or coffee.
Bookings the day before are essential … so get your loved ones and special friends together and come and partake of this wonderful charm-filled country-style indulgence!
(Call the RRC gallery any day of the week on (02) 4759 3434 to make your booking)
Badgery Heritage Café – part of Rick Rutherford’s Country’s next stage of development and growth – officially opened for daily lunches in early April 2015. Gorgeous hearty fare – including old-fashioned soups, gourmet pies, lasagne, pasta bakes and the like – is offered to everyone from 12noon to 2pm seven days a week.
Yes, what you’ve heard is true! Rick Rutherford’s Country has launched its very own Badgery Heritage Café,
re-establishing this wonderful heritage venue as a key place within the Blue Mountains to dine … and of course to shop. The café is in addition to the beautiful Nessie’s Daffodil Tearoom and now means that everyone can enjoy savoury treats and luncheons throughout the gallery as well as gorgeous cake, tea and coffee fare.
To enable it to happen, we’ve opened up the Folk Room, Victorian Room and Christmas Room to accommodate our new dining experience, as well offering alfresco eating. We’ve built a delightful ‘summerhouse’ dining platform and two tiers of wonderful picket fencing and lychgate. And to top it all off, as we have re-jigged the interior of the store, we have been able to create even more display opportunities for even more gorgeous homewares and collectable treasures.
We offer the best high teas, vintage cakes and slices, scones, pies, soup and savoury delights. And stock is always changing so regular visits are essential. It’s all very exciting … so watch this space for more updates, and come be part of all the activity with a visit! We’d love to see you. Group bookings most welcome too!
A WORLD OF COUNTRY
From the romantic look of the Victorian era to the colourful themes of the Retro era; from the muted tones and warm woods of traditional English country style to the folksy theme of American-inspired country decorating; from the relaxed, fresh feel of the coastal look to the pretty style of old-fashioned cottage decorating … you don’t have to travel the world to discover such a broad gamut of country styles because they’re all housed within the one very special location within the NSW Blue Mountains.
Situated at Lawson, within the heart of the mountains, Rick Rutherford’s Country – The Australian Country Collections Shoppe boasts ten rooms of wonderful country interpretations … including a bear and toy-filled children’s room and year-round Christmas room.
The entire gallery overflows with the most gorgeous treasures to create just about any country look from around the world … from specially-imported quilts and china to stitcheries and wreathes. There’s lots of handmade wares, lamps and framed images, things vintage and retro, others pretty and chic. And on a more personal note there’s a gorgeous collection of jewellery, candles, scarves and the guarantee of something for everyone on any gift-giving list … no matter the recipient or the occasion!
Whatever the day of the week, whatever the week of the month, there’s always the guarantee that the vast selection and variety that is synonymous with the Rick Rutherford’s Country names continues to amaze. Regular inspections are thus essential, especially given the fact that the beautiful Lawson gallery also incorporates Nessie’s Daffodil Tearoom. Featuring a menu of gorgeous old-fashioned sweet treats, Devonshire teas and superb special-blend coffee, it’s the ideal place to come and unwind in the sundrenched Cottage and Retro Rooms, surrounded by beautiful blue and white china, wonderful enamel and retro wares, sumptuous scents and gorgeous music. What more could the ultimate Blue Mountains gallery experience offer? And now there’s Badgery Heritage Gallery for delicious lunches too!
It all adds up to explain why Rick Rutherford’s Country at Lawson is regarded as being so much more than a principal Blue Mountains destination … it’s an unforgettable experience!
More Reason Than Ever … a $150 Shopping Spree!
Due to the activity of running two stores, our Home Tours section has been a little neglected of late. We have just not had enough time to hit the road and scour the countryside for new profiles to showcase here. So we’ve decided to ask you all to come to us!
If you have a country home – be it grand or humble – that you just love and would like to share it with others, we’d love to hear from you. If you are chosen to be featured within the online magazine here, we’ll reward you with a $150 gift voucher to spend within the stores. Even if you live far afield, you can always have a shopping venture at Rick Rutherford’s Country via the online store or the new ‘Gallery Showcase’ which we are about to launch in the next week.
To get the ball rolling, simply drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll tell you how to become our new showcase country home!
Biography - Rick Rutherford
‘Who is this man’ I have often heard asked? What is his claim to fame? I aspire to no notoriety – I just have a passion for what I do and where I live, and am abundantly blessed to be able to combine the two, touching the lives of others in the process as I champion the cause of putting one’s heart into one’s home … to celebrate its true meaning and value.
When I set out to undertake formal studies in the area of journalism and communications many moons ago, I knew I wanted to ultimately ‘write country’, but exactly how, when and where were certainly unclear in those formative years. Once I gained my degree I launched into a career in public relations, took a side track for a few years in the rag trade where I had my own clothing label, and then came back to journalism where I wrote, amongst other things, a regional title called Farmers & Graziers.
A love of the rural way was thus instilled. But not so much a hankering to don an Akubra and graze 1000 head of cattle, but more a passion to pursue a career investigating and writing about the look that is so firmly rooted in the countryside; is inspired by the colours and materials of Nature; and is continually evolving, exciting and vibrant.
Such a passion ultimately led me to conceive and launch onto the Australian market the hugely-successful Australian Country Collections, a magazine which held my attention, and my heart, for over 10 years and 39 issues! But if it’s true that with 40 comes a mid-life crisis and a hankering for change and new directions, then a mid-life magazine crisis was certainly had as I ultimately decided to face the new (and I’ll admit initially daunting) challenge of translating passion, skills and experiences to a fresh and exciting medium – the web. And so www.rickrutherford.com came into being.
Then in early 2005 my very own national title Rick Rutherford’s Country was launched. The bimonthly magazine quickly earned the same strong and dedicated following I experienced when running Australian Country Collections. To this band of wonderful readers across the nation and even in far-flung reaches overseas, I will always be indebted.
But life continues to change and is ever offering many new challenges. One such challenge has been the translation of Rick Rutherford’s Country from printed title to Australia’s first online country magazine. It has been an exciting new frontier to forge, and a new phase in life, as I have had the unique opportunity to reach a much broader audience across the globe.
The ultimate challenge however came about in late 2007 when I embraced the opportunity to finally translate ‘words into reality’ and establish Rick Rutherford’s Country – The Australian Country Collections Shoppe within a wonderful heritage building in Lawson, in the very heart of the NSW Blue Mountains. Then, at Easter 2009, a second store was launched – in the Blue Mountains famed heritage village of Leura. The two stores and the online magazine here have now become the main focus of my business activities,
My regular column – called ‘Along The Way’ – which appeared in Australian Country Craft and Decorating for several years has now been transferred to the website here (there are several editions archived here online for all to read) and another book and several other projects are also presently ‘on the boil’ for future development.
Indeed life is full, rich and rewarding, the greatest blessing being the kindred hearts with whom I continue to connect via the various professional interests with which I am involved.
CALL FOR FEEDBACK
With the extensive updating of the online magazine here, I am eager for all your feedback and input. Do you have something to say? A house you would like to see featured in the House Tours section? Some poetry or prose to contribute? Maybe even a business or interest you would like to plug. Whatever it is you would like to share, please contact me via email@example.com and I’ll be delighted to respond.
Come Join The Party
There’s a party going on … somewhere! To be precise, it’s being staged at the Blue Mountain’s beautiful heritage country gallery Rick Rutherford’s Country, and the guests are being feasted to more than just a glass of vino or two!
During the course of midyear Yulefest celebrations, this year Rick Rutherford’s Country saw huge numbers of new customers flood through the door who were drawn by the breathtaking displays and wonderful atmosphere of this unique mountain’s attraction. And many of them asked if they can ‘stay and party’, so the gallery has responded with an invitation to all to come and do just that!
Due to so many requests from customers interested in visiting the store after hours – in the company of a group of their own friends so that they can all enjoy the hugest selection of wares the country store has to offer – an exclusive party plan concept has been launched.
It’s so simple. A customer organises a group of 20 or more of their friends and relations who want a great night out and they then book the date. We supply wine for the gathering and the hostess supplies the nibbles. All guests receive 10% off everything in the store in $50, plus the hostess is entitled to an extra gift of a $100 shopping voucher to be spent either on the night or at any other time within a year!
It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore the gallery and shop in the company of your closest friends and like-minded country fans, as well as having the chance to view and purchase – ahead of other customers – many of the new lines that come into stock. And, on top of it all, it’s the promise of a great social activity. If you would like to ‘come join in the party’ all you need to do is gather up 20 friends and call us … we’ll organise the rest.